Sommeries Castle - last chance to see...

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Sommeries Castle - last chance to see...

Postby Tamsin Lewis » Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:49 am

Sommeries Castle (ruins) is an interesting relic--brick built castle.

Someries Castle's name was derived from William de Someries who had a residence on this site in the thirteenth century. The site was then acquired by John, Lord Wenlock in 1430 and the mansion was built.

Free, short way off the M1, would make a nice break in a journey up north.

Will be wiped out when Luton airport is extended--the new runway will go over the top of it.

The signage to the castle is poor, so it's not easy to find ... 000&icon=x

O.S. map ref. TL119201

Driving directions from M1

1. Exit M1 Junction 10 (Luton Airport)
2. At first roundabout (after exiting motorway) go straight--Follow signs for Luton/Airport.
3. At next roundabout follow signs for B653 & Luton Airport Parkway Station (left or 1st exit on roundabout)
4. At next roundabout (150m) follow B653 (right, 2nd exit)
5. At next roundabout (100m) follow B653 (straight, 2nd exit)
6. follow B653 1 mile approx. Look for brown tourist sign for castle on left. Tight left turn (be careful of traffic)to join Copt Hall Road, go under railway bridge (thameslink). (If you come to the sewage plant or East Hyde you have gone too far)
7. follow copt hall road (bends and turns) for 1 mile approx.
8. Left turn at T junction (unsigned, Kimpton road)
9. after 200m, road becomes rough dirt road. On the right there is a sign (partially erased) that states that access to the castle is possible but the road is private
10. continue driving on dirt road for about 800m.
11. You will then arrive at the castle. park as directed by signs to avoid disrupting the farm traffic.

Reverse directions to return to M1. On your return you will have a good view across the fields to Luton Hoo, a victorian pile that has been open in the past but is currently shut to the public and has been for 5 years

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Postby Calendula » Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:48 pm

Just up the road and of course I never knew it was there.......... and last week we were wondering where to go on a day off! will endeavour to visit soon......

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Postby Calendula » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:14 am

Finally managed to visit on the way back from somewhere else last week. It certainly is in the middle of nowhere. Very interesting, despite p*ssing rain and mud.

Still can't quite believe that demolition is really proposed. OK, it's obscure, but surely it's worth hanging on to somehow?

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Postby Thor Ewing » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:11 am

Thank you, Tamsin, for calling our attention to this.
I used to bike there as a boy. It's not one of the "great" castles by any means, but it is a lovely spot.
I'll try to find out if there is any organised protest which members might like to support.
Best wishes,

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